NEW YORK — Baltimore slugger Chris Davis powered past Detroit Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera in the final week to claim the most fan votes in All-Star Game balloting, and Washington outfielder Bryce Harper used a final surge to win a spot in the National League’s starting lineup.
Right-hander Max Scherzer was one of a major-league-best six Tigers chosen for the July 16 game at Citi Field in New York. St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina led the NL fan vote announced Saturday night. He is one of the Cardinals’ five All-Stars, tops in the NL.
“I think any time you are getting that recognition not only from your fan base but from everybody across the nation, I think it feels good to know that people are watching,” Davis said.
Mets young ace Matt Harvey and third baseman David Wright will represent the host team in the 84th All-Star Game. Harvey received the most votes among NL pitchers in the player balloting, outpacing L.A.’s Clayton Kershaw.
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Cuban defector Yasiel Puig wasn’t picked — not yet, at least. The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder with just one breathless month in the big leagues is among five candidates for the final NL spot, with fans able to vote online through Thursday.
Puig is joined in the final NL five by shortstop Ian Desmond of Washington, first basemen Freddie Freeman of Atlanta and Adrian Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and outfielder Hunter Pence of San Francisco.
The American League’s five are all relievers: Detroit’s Joaquin Benoit, Toronto’s Steve Delabar, the Yankees’ David Robertson, Texas’ Tanner Scheppers and Boston’s Koji Uehara.
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was one of the 68 players selected. The 43-year-old career saves leader will hop across town as part of his retirement tour for a 13th All-Star appearance, second most by a pitcher behind Hall of Famer Warren Spahn (17).
Davis finished with 8,272,243 fan votes to edge Cabrera, who had 8,013,874, for his first All-Star selection. Davis has 33 homers, seventh best before the break in big-league history.
Davis is the second first-time All-Star to lead the voting, joining Mariners outfielder Ichiro (2001).
The first baseman with the cool nickname of “Crush” is one of three Orioles to be selected by fans, the first time that has happened since Cal Ripken Jr. was one of the picks in 1997.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones will take the field with Davis. Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado was picked as a reserve.
Scherzer is the first pitcher to start a season 13-0 since Roger Clemens in 1986. Scherzer was joined from Detroit by first baseman Prince Fielder, shortstop Jhonny Peralta and outfielder Torii Hunter. Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who will run the AL squad after leading Detroit to the World Series, picked his ace Justin Verlander for the team.
• The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-hander Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins for three minor-league pitchers.
• Molina, the Cardinals catcher, was sent for medical tests for a knee injury.
• The Philadelphia Phillies placed first baseman Ryan Howard on the 15-day disabled list due to left-knee inflammation.
• Texas Rangers reliever Joakim Soria is expected to be activated Sunday after a nearly two-year wait to return to the major leagues.
• The Indians recalled right-hander Carlos Carrasco to start against Detroit. He allowed six earned runs in 31
3 innings as Cleveland lost 9-4.
• San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal left the game at Washington in the third inning with a right-knee injury.